Dates All Tied Up for 50 Shades! The Musical Off-Broadway

first_imgGet up close and personal with Christian Grey! 50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller, will begin performances off-Broadway on February 21. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, the lampoon musical will officially open March 12 at the Elektra Theatre. Since author E.L. James’ novel was published, more than 70 million copies have been sold worldwide. Universal Studios is scheduled to release the film on February 13, 2015 starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Tony winners Jennifer Ehle and Marcia Gay Harden. Related Shows 50 Shades! features a book by Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels and music and lyrics by Samuels, Davis, Shelton, Ward and Wessels. The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an amusing ride through Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s kinky relationship. The show features dance numbers and original songs delivered by a live, on-stage band accompanying the cast. The 50 Shades! creative team features set and costume design by John Dunnett, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, and sound design by Matt Kraus. This show is not to be confused with Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody, which featured parodies of hit songs and is also appearing off-Broadway.center_img View Comments 50 Shades! The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015last_img read more

Champlain Valley Fair has ‘Awesome’ year

first_imgESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. – The 84th annual Champlain Valley Fair lived up to its theme of ‘Awesome’ with 290,128 people — down from 2004 — coming through the gates from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5. The slight dip in attendance from last years 299,168, may be due to the dramatic effects of Hurricane Katrina and resulting increase in gas prices, fair officials said this week.Still, visitors from 45 states and as far away as New Zealand, California and Hawaii attended the 10-day fair, concert series and agricultural competitions.There were plenty of smiles to go around, especially for fair food venders who saw their sales rise by about 3 percent, making it the best year ever at the Fair for purveyors of fried dough, corn on the cob and cotton candy. This was an awesome fair overall, said David F. Grimm, general manager of the Exposition. We had excellent weather almost every day; one of the strongest fair concert line-ups anywhere in the Northeast; an array of fresh attractions and great new modern facilities that were enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people over the course of the Fair.Some of the nicest comments were heard over and over from our visitors was about how clean and family-friendly the Fair was again this year. And thats all because of a great staff, dedicated department superintendents, their hard-working crews and the volunteers who come to help because they love the Fair. Everyone gives 100 percent and more for 10 days so that our fairgoers have the best experience possible, he added. While there was only one rainy day in the middle of the Fair as the remnants of Hurricane Katrina passed through New England, its effects were felt through the busy Labor Day weekend by fairgoers traveling longer distances to attend the event, Grimm noted. That may be why our overall attendance numbers are down a bit, he said.To aid in the disaster relief effort, fair officials invited the local American Red Cross to bring its bloodmobile to the fair and collect donations for hurricane victims at its gates and before and after the sold-out Tim McGraw concert Sunday. More than $20,000 was collected from fairgoers, according to the Red Cross. Radio station WOKO 98.9 helped get the word out and several performers and fair vendors contributed a portion of their proceeds to the relief effort.Sparking many of the changes this year was a new partnership with Progressive Insurance as the Fairs presenting sponsor. With Progressives support there were daily prize giveaways and a grand prize of $1,500 in home improvement prizes; additional picnic tables, plastic shopping bags, an art show and new signage at the Fair this year. Our relationship with Progressive as a presenting sponsor is unique in the fair industry and we are looking forward to having them back again next year for our 85th anniversary celebration, Grimm noted. The Fairs Grandstand series of concerts – topped by country headliner Tim McGraw – received rave reviews for their showmanship and entertainment value. Shows by country star Alan Jackson and comedian Larry the Cable Guy were nearly sold out. Other Budweiser True Music concerts included The Allman Brothers Band with .38 Special (featuring a surprise guest, Trey Anastasio of Phish); American Idols star Clay Aiken; and disco-era favorites K.C. and the Sunshine Band and Village People. Motor sports fans enjoyed Land Airs Extreme Freestyle Motorcycle Show; JM Productions Figure 8 racing and the Windshield Doctors Demolition Derby; and Add-ons NTPA Grand National Tractor and Truck Pull on Labor Day.The Reithoffer Show midway and carnival featured 40 rides and attractions and the one-of-a-kind Speed – a 135-foot-tall ride that spins and twirls riders at 60 mph. It is the only ride of its kind currently operating in the United States, according to Pat Reithoffer. Overall numbers were down by 3.5% on the midway, Grimm said, again reflecting the lower attendance numbers.Free daily entertainment at the Fair drew daily crowds for a high dive show, daily appearances by Spider-Man, a science show, free video game arcade, a juggler, mime, hypnotist, caricature artist, racing pigs, petting zoo, Elvis impersonator, musicians and an authentic cowboy chuck wagon. Many entertainers and animals were featured in the daily parade through the grounds. New this year was the Burlington Free Press Awesome Zone in the State Building which along with daily shows for children and a YMCA Fitness Challenge, featured the Big Heavy World Concert Series – a nightly showcase for local high school and college bands. Approximately $75,000 in competition premiums and prize money was awarded during the fair. Significant increases in entries to the art and photography department were seen this year; including a special art show presented by Progressive Insurance from its corporate art collection in Cincinnati, Ohio. Home crafts reported a record-number of quilts and other crafts sold during the fair.This years heavyweight pumpkin, grown by Kevin Companion of Huntington, weighed in at 960.5 pounds and was displayed in the new Expo North Greenhouse, along with fruits, vegetables, flowers, bonsai and Christmas trees. Expo North also featured the 53-ton giant sand sculpture featuring Harry Potter characters, displayed indoors for the first time at the fair. More than 100 people, including Vt. Gov. James Douglas, were on hand to honor the 2005 inductees into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Champlain Valley Exposition in a ceremony held during the Fair. This years inductees were: U.S. Sen. James M. Jeffords; dairy farmer Harold J. Howrigan, Sr. of Fairfield; Morgan Horse steward Dr. Donald Balch; and a posthumous award to former Vt. State Rep.Stephanie Bourdeau. Vermont Dairy of Distinction awards were presented midweek to numerous Vermont farms and a reception was held for Vermont Legislators and past directors of the Exposition. More than 1,300 animals were on display or competing for top honors in their class at the Fair. Contests ranged from horse and oxen pulling competitions, the Gymkhana invitational horse show with a top prize of $1,000, 4-H horse and cattle shows, and the sheep to shawl competition in the Sheep tent. The Read and Win summer reading program, sponsored by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and Champlain Valley Exposition, saw approximately 1,000 children complete the assignment of reading at least three books over the summer to earn free admission to the Fair. Several hundred students in grades K-5 and their families from five northern Vermont counties attended a special reception on Aug. 29 and received free books and ride tickets. Later in the week, more than 600 students, teachers and parents from Vermont schools visited the Fair as part of the annual educational field trip day to visit the agricultural and animal exhibits. Students from the University of Vermonts Agriculture and Animal Science programs also toured the fair as part of their studies.Significant improvements to the fairgrounds and facilities over the summer included the addition of Expo North to the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre; relocation of the cashiers office building, repaving of several roads, improved lighting in the agriculture area, and updates and renovation of numerous food vendor buildings. We are a not-for-profit organization. It would be impossible to make these kinds of improvements and put on a quality fair of this size without the strong backing from local and national businesses. We had more than 50 fair sponsors, in addition to Progressive, this year and we cant thank them enough for their continued support, Grimm said.Plans are already underway for the 2006 Champlain Valley Fair, Aug. 26- Sept. 4, that will mark the events 85th anniversary. Photos from this years fair, results from many of the blue-ribbon competitions and more information about other upcoming events this fall at the Champlain Valley Exposition at www.cvfair.com(link is external). For additional information, call (802) 878-5545.last_img read more

Worthy.com: Helping Divorcees Help Themselves

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When the happily ever after doesn’t always work out, there is Worthy.com.The online auction house for pre-owned diamonds and estate jewelry helps divorced women get a fresh start in a safe, transparent environment , through the sale of their unwanted jewelry. Earlier this year, Worthy teamed up with the CDC® community with the goal of empowering women on Long Island and nationwide to move toward financial independence post-divorce.“Worthy is about helping women achieve their best, to be in control, make their own decisions and know their true worth,” says Judy Herbst, Worthy Director of PR & Partnerships. “It seemed natural to reach out to this amazing group of certified divorce coaches and work with these women across the country who are helping others.”Angela Ianuale Shanerman, of East Northport, went through her own lengthy divorce. Like many women, she left her well-paying job years ago to raise her family and was financially dependent on her spouse. Once divorce struck, she had to start all over again.“It took six years to get divorced,” says the mother of three. “It was emotional, fear-based and deeply personal.”In 2015, after her divorce became final, Shanerman got her groove back. She is now a certified divorce coach  with her own practice,  helping women gain confidence and the clarity they need to move forward.“I want to impact change,” she says. “If someone is stuck in that quicksand I can grab their hand and pull them out,  giving them the support they need.”In a recent survey Worthy conducted, 64 percent of divorced women do not realize that their diamond ring is an asset, explains Herbst.“Rather than feeling humiliated walking ‘the street,’ sellers can view their live auctions on their mobile phones from the privacy of their own home,  seeing multiple competitive bids come in,” Herbst says. “We are a global marketplace and our business community is made up of diamond buyers, independent retailers, and designers.  The sellers are women looking for a smart, easy and safe place to sell their engagement ring.“Like our tagline says, ‘You don’t need a diamond to shine,’” she adds. “It truly resonates and is a mantra we all support.”Christine Smith, of Dix Hills, attended the Rebooting Your Career workshop  in April led by Shanerman. Smith, separated  since 2016 and currently in divorce mediation, has been working part-time as a professional musician and music teacher, trying  to figure it all out.“My income is not very much , even though I love it,” Smith says. “I get down about how hard it is. The reality of the workplace and starting at my age (53). Angela had helpful ideas. She suggested that we find a way to combine all my skills and talents.”Pegotty Cooper, author of the recently released Divorce: Taking the High Road:  Simple Strategies for Creating a Healthy Divorce, co-founded CDC Certified Divorce Coach Training® and Certification program.“We [Worthy and CDC] both serve the same clients in different but meaningful ways, and we can leverage each other’s unique offerings to enrich the lives of women going through a divorce,” Cooper says.To help women jumpstart their career,  Worthy has created the Worthy Women’s Professional Studies Scholarship  targeted to women 30 years and older. Eligible candidates do not need to be divorced, only attending an accredited program.To become a Certified Divorce Coach, visit certifieddivorcecoach.com or contact Peggoty Cooper at 813-884-9511.The next FREE “Rebooting Your Career,”  workshop will be held at the Elwood Public Library in East Northport, 1929 Jericho Tpke., East Northport,  7:30-8:30 p.m. June 12. For more information visit facebook.com/pg/worthyInc/events or worthy.comlast_img read more

Branding is not a self driving car

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In this day and age of artificial intelligence, chatbots and robot banking it seems we’re all about technology, technology, technology. While not tied to the banking industry directly, self-driving cars are quite the rage as well, with Wired Magazinerecently saying “Maybe It’s Time To Cede US Freeways To Driverless Cars.”But let’s be clear: when it comes to your credit union or bank, your brand is not a self-driving car. Consider the following:Branding takes action—Unlike a self-driving car, when it comes to your brand you can’t just sit back, take it easy and enjoy the ride. You have to do the work. In many cases, that work is daily work. At the end of each day, your managers should ask every employee, “What did you do today to live our brand?” Executives must invest in your brand in the form of analyzing brand gaps, conducting brand training and maybe even completing a rebrand.Branding takes leadership—Unlike a self-driving car, when it comes to your brand someone IS in the drivers’ seat. And that “someone” are the leaders of your financial institution. While your employees should live your brand, it’s your board members, executives and managers who must lead your brand. From a day-to-day perspective your front-line managers (branch managers, teller supervisors, department heads, etc.) play a critical role in your brand’s success. They set the examples, reinforce the brand standards and coach the employees. continue reading »last_img read more

Croatian congress offer at the IBTM fair

first_imgHrvatska turistička zajednica i ove godine nastupa na kongresnom sajmu IBTM, koji se održava od 28. do 30. studenoga u Barceloni.Tako će i ove godine na jednom od najvažnijih sajmova biti predstavljena hrvatska kongresna i insentiv ponuda. Osim Hrvatske turističke zajednice kao glavnog izlagača, na sajmu svoju ponudu predstavlja i 10 suizlagača: TZG Dubrovnik Kongresni ured, TZG Zagreb Kongresni ured, Crvena Luka, HUP Zagreb, Intours, Lošinj Hotels & Villas, Penta, Rina Travel, Spektar putovanja i Valamar.Na hrvatskom štandu će se, osim individualnih sastanaka, održati i posebne prezentacije destinacija za različite grupe kupaca. Osim toga, Hrvatska turistička zajednica će, u suradnji sa Hrvatskom gospodarskom komorom i „Vina Croatia, vina mosaica“, tijekom prva dva dana sajma svim posjetiteljima omogućiti degustaciju nekih od najboljih hrvatskih vina, dok je prvoga dana u sklopu štanda predviđeno druženje s poslovnim partnerima, koji će imati priliku sudjelovati u nagradnoj igri u organizaciji HTZ-a te osvojiti petodnevno putovanje u neku od hrvatskih destinacija po izboru pobjednika.Prema podacima sustava eVisitor, u dosadašnjem dijelu turističke godine, s tržišta Španjolske ostvareno je 254.000 dolazaka i 563.000 noćenja, što predstavlja porast u dolascima od 13 posto te u noćenjima od 10 posto. Gledajući po destinacijama, španjolski su turisti najviše noćenja ostvarili u Dubrovniku, Splitu i Zagrebu.Related news: HTZ OBJAVIO NATJEČAJ ZA MEĐUNARODNU PR AGENCIJU&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Investors ‘unashamedly bullish’ about 2018 – survey

first_img“We have been surprised to see that investors’ expectations of positive equity market returns have barely changed in the past year, despite the strong run in the asset class, and investors’ view that the global business cycle is unlikely to improve from here,” ASR said in its survey report.“The risk in our opinion is that … the global economy fails to achieve the ‘escape velocity’ that is required to meet investors’ optimistic expectations”– David Bowers, head of ASR research Investors expectations of higher equity prices in 2018, assigned a 61% probability, was in line with December last year.This view came after returns of around 20% in the past year and “sits uncomfortably” with investors becoming less confident about further advances in the business cycle, ASR said. The probability of an improvement in global business confidence had declined significantly in investors’ eyes, from 58% in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 47% in the fourth quarter of 2017.With the Federal Reserve continuing to normalise monetary policy, investors estimated the probability of higher 2-year and higher 10-year yields over the next 12 months at 76% and 69%, respectively.“Investors do not believe this tightening will derail the US recovery with the risk of a higher US unemployment rate in 2018 at 40%,” ASR said.Tail risks, too, remained largely off the radar. Surveyed investors estimated the probability of a global recession, a hard landing in China, or a bear market in US equities at 27%, 29%, and 39% respectively.But there were challenges to the optimistic outlook. For example, investors saw the prevailing low equity volatility as unsustainable and put at 74% the probability of it being higher a year from now.There was a growing indifference towards US corporate credit and there was also lower confidence about further improvements in the business cycle through 2018.“Investors are waking up to the possibility that this could be as good as the the global business cycle gets,” said David Bowers, head of ASR’s research.“The risk in our opinion is that the global economy disappoints at the same time as monetary conditions tighten, and that consequently the global economy fails to achieve the ‘escape velocity’ that is required to meet investors’ optimistic expectations,” he added.The survey was carried out during 23 November and 6 December. Investors were asked how likely they think certain financial and economic events are to occur in the next 12 months. For each question respondents selected a probability, ranging from “very unlikely” to “very likely”, which is converted into a numerical probability, ranging from 10%-90%. The overall probability is an average of these responses. Investors remain “unashamedly bullish” about the prospects for 2018, with high expectations for equities to continue surging over the next 12 months, according to a survey by Absolute Strategy Research (ASR).The macro strategy research provider polled 229 asset allocators and multi-asset strategists from around the world, representing $6trn (€5trn) of assets. They were asked to give their probabilities for the movement of key asset classes and market variables over the coming 12 months.Investors put the likelihood of equity prices being higher a year from now at 61%, supported by higher corporate earnings (74% probability) as opposed to higher valuations.They showed high conviction in the probability of stocks trouncing bonds on a 12-month basis, rating this at 70%. Investors also believed equities will beat commodities (54% probability).last_img read more

PensionsEurope, Efama positive on Green Deal, but ESG data still an issue

first_imgThe European Council has since endorsed the 2050 net-zero objective in a move that was hailed by investors.‘Game-changing’Fiona Reynolds, chief executive officer of the PRI, said the Commission’s Green Deal “reflects the bold policy ambition we’ve been looking for”.“The broad scope of the deal – encompassing goals such as carbon neutrality, sustainable transport, a zero pollution Europe and a just transition – provides a clear framework for action from all areas of society,” she added.Tanguy van de Werve, director general of Efama, the trade association for asset managers in Europe, said the Green Deal initiative could be a “game-changer”.“As the voice of the asset management industry in Europe, we wholeheartedly support the European Commission in this initiative,” he added. “We are committed to playing our role as an industry in channelling the necessary funds for projects which are essential to its success.”However, van de Werve said that for this to happen investors needed access to “robust, comparable, reliable and publicly available ESG data on investee companies”.Asset managers and other financial institutions are facing increased disclosure obligations under various sustainable finance regulations initiated by the Commission, and Efama has been arguing its members would not be able to comply based on the current data currently available to them. PensionsEurope and Efama have reacted positively to a new climate change-driven growth strategy unveiled by the European Commission this week, although they said the success of the EU sustainable finance agenda required tackling issues to do with the availability and quality of environmental and other data on investee companies.The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) also welcomed the Commission’s European Green Deal, which sets out the new Commission’s strategy for environmentally and socially sustainable economic growth.The Commission said it covered all sectors of the economy, name-checking transport, energy, and buildings, and industries such as steel and cement.A specific goal of the Green Deal is to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050, with the Commission pledging to present a bill by March next year to enshrine the objective into legislation. This was “to provide predictability for investors,” among other ends, it said. Other planned measures include putting forward a proposal for a carbon border tax, and a “circular economy action plan”. Aleksandra Palinska, senior regulatory policy advisor at Efama“Finance is a part of it, but until now it’s pretty much been the only solution looked at, when you really need to focus on the real economy,” she said. “It’s not only about putting in restrictions but also looking at how companies can be helped in this transition.“This does seem to be a quite comprehensive package and we really hope that member states and the European Parliament will support the Commission in making it a reality.”The Commission suggested the review of the NFRD was also about tackling a persistent excessive focus by many companies on short-term financial performance compared with their long-term development and sustainability aspects.Another aspect of the renewed sustainable finance strategy would be about improving the integration of climate and environmental risks into the EU prudential framework and “assessing the suitability of the existing capital requirements for green assets,” the Commission said.Taxonomy data solution?Efama’s request for a solution to the data problem facing asset managers may still be met under the Commission’s ongoing sustainable finance strategy, however.Last week it was announced that EU negotiating teams had reached a provisional political agreement on the framework for the taxonomy – a system for classifying the greenness of economic activity – and that the deal included reporting obligations for corporates and not just asset managers and other financial institutions.However, the deal is to be revisited after failing to get the green light at a meeting of ambassadors for EU member states on Wednesday.According to a spokeswoman at the EU Council, the body for EU member states currently presided by Finland, the ambassadors (who meet as a group called Coreper) are to be presented with a revised text on Monday and the presidency will bring the text to the European Parliament for further negotiations. The objective is still to reach a deal on the regulation for the taxonomy framework by the end of the year, the spokeswoman added.Efama’s Palinska said she understands there was a risk the new requirements targeting reporting by investee companies would be removed, but said there were more controversial aspects of the taxonomy.The Council spokeswoman said the outcome of Wednesday’s Coreper discussion was that the compromise deal from last week “is not fully satisfactory and some fine-tuning is needed, most notably regarding issues relating to technological neutrality/energies in transition”.According to Sven Giegold, a member of the Green Party in the European Parliament, France and a number of eastern European states opposed it and the UK abstained. He said national governments wanted to renegotiate with the Parliament on some points concerning the ultimate fate of nuclear power under the taxonomy.center_img Commission Green Deal ‘an ambitious roadmap’ The association has been pushing for a review of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), which sets out a minimum level of environmental information that many large European companies must provide in their annual reports alongside more detailed non-binding guidelines.There have been several indications the Commission would review the NFRD, and this was confirmed in its Green Deal announcement on Wednesday as part of renewed sustainable finance strategy to be presented in the third quarter of next year.“The success of the sustainable finance action plan relies on the availability of quality, comparable, reliable and public ESG data on investee companies,” Aleksandra Palinska, senior regulatory policy advisor at Efama, told IPE. “The ability of the financial sector to comply with the rules is a prerequisite to make sustainable finance work.”Matti Leppälä, secretary general of PensionsEurope, the umbrella association for national pension fund bodies in Europe, welcomed the intended sustainable finance strategy renewal and the review of the NFRD by 2020.“Indeed, ensuring access to reliable and comparable non-financial data is a pre-requisite for the incorporation of ESG factors in investment decisions,” he said.Commenting more generally, he said PensionsEurope fully supported the Commission in working towards achieving its 2050 climate-neutrality goal.“The ambitious roadmap […] is a cornerstone in ensuring a transition towards a new EU growth strategy supported by investments in green technologies and sustainable solutions.”Efama’s Palinska welcomed the Green Deal extending the focus beyond the financial sector, saying it had the potential to have a more direct, immediate contribution towards sustainability goals.last_img read more

Man found dead

first_imgPepito said he heard at least sixgunshots around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, police said. The unidentified victim sustainedgunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed.  Officers of the Kabankalan City policestation were investigating the incident./PN The 38-year-old resident Danilo Pepitofound the victim around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the report added. Three empty shells of .45-caliberfirearm were recovered from the crime scene, the police added.center_img The victim’s body was brought to alocal mortuary for a “post mortem” examination. Police said the man was wearing abrown shirt and has a tattoo on the back – estimated to be around 30 years ofage and about 5 feet 2 inches in height. BACOLOD City – A man was found dead inBarangay Camingawan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

Neville suggests position change for McTominay

first_img United are experiencing intense competition for places in midfield, especially as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are proving to be a quality pairing in the centre of the park. read also:Battle of Trafford: McTominay stunner finishes Man CityAdvertisement Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has suggested that Manchester United consider playing Scott McTominay as a centre-back. Loading… Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True15 Action Heroes 25 Years Ago And NowFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet And Neville thinks McTominay has the necessary skills to play in defence. “When I watch McTominay play and I think of all the competition in midfield and I wonder if he could be used as a centre-back,” Neville said. “He’s got the aggression, the speed, his understanding of the game is pretty good, he’s still young.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Stiemsma ineligible for remainder of season

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoFor the second time this week, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has lost a player due to academic ineligibility.Sophomore forward Greg Stiemsma was declared ineligible for the Spring semester, meaning he can participate in practice but cannot play in games or travel to road contests, the team announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon.”I’ve been dealing with depression which caused me to take a leave of absence from the team and also affected my academic performance,” Stiemsma said in the release. “That has resulted in me being academically ineligible this semester.”His announcement ended a week’s worth of speculation by the media and fans, who became optimistic when Stiemsma returned to practice after a short leave earlier this week. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s announcement was not the one they were looking for.”Obviously it’s something that he wanted to do, to get it off his chest, and now you move on,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “Things don’t always go the way we want them to. But we’ll deal with them, and we’ll get him help … that’s what we’re here for.”Though he cannot participate in games, Stiemsma said he would remain dedicated in helping his teammates prepare for upcoming contests.”I have taken steps to treat my depression and intend to work hard to resolve my academic issues. I look forward to competing in practice and helping my teammates in any way I can,” Stiemsma said. “I ask for understanding regarding my condition and appreciate the patience of everyone as I deal with it. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and the fans for their support.”Stiemsma played in 16 games this year for Wisconsin and was quickly becoming a high-energy defensive presence before originally taking a leave of absence from the team. He was averaging 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 block shots per game while playing more than 11 minutes per contest.”Stiemsma, he seemed to be really active and he played well in the games I saw [on tape},” Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. “It cuts down their rotation and what they can do.”Earlier in the week, freshman Marcus Landry announced that he was academically ineligible for the rest of the season.Redshirt freshman DeAaron Williams also left the team over the Winter Break.The loss of the Stiemsma and Landry leave the Badgers with just seven players who contributed substantial minutes every game over the first half of the year.Ryan, who has been known for sticking up for his players who get caught in sticky situations, wasted little time in sticking up for Stiemsma after Wednesday’s victory.”If a student athlete is going through a process, then it is absolutely in their best interest that they exhaust all options,” Ryan said. “Understand this, when these young men have issues, they are just like an employee in the state system. They have all the rights in the world to exhaust every option.”Go ahead, get on your high horses again and say I’m wrong. You can say I’m wrong, but I’ll tell you what, in this country and our society I am right. People have privacy issues and privacy rights, as a student-athlete.”last_img read more